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Bathsheba at the fountain - Peter Paul Rubens. 175x126
Rubens created a large number of paintings on biblical subjects. To understand the work presented here, you need to know the biblical story, and it strikes the artist’s ingenuity in conveying its details. King David once “walked on the roof of the royal house and saw a woman bathing from the roof; and that woman was very beautiful. " It was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite. In the upper left corner of the canvas on the roof of the palace, the figure of King David is barely visible, and Bathsheba Rubens was shown behind the toilet on the platform leading to the pool. David seduced her, and Uriah sent her to certain death.
The attention is drawn to the magnificent young woman; Rubens was a great master of the image of the female body, and he created his canon of beauty. Meanwhile, one cannot help but admire the ingenuity with which the artist conveys the subtle emotional moments of this scene: Bathsheba's surprised gaze, who did not expect to receive a letter from the hands of a Negro woman sent to her (it is clear that the letter can only be love), the reaction of a dog who grinned at the messenger and suspected something was wrong (the dog sitting at the woman’s feet in the system of symbols of the portraiture of the Renaissance and Baroque personified marital fidelity) . And how beautifully painted female figures, flowing water, clothes and architectural landscape!